In 2020-2021, the Duke University Energy Initiative’s Energy Research Seed Fund will support projects addressing renewable energy’s integration into the grid, battery performance, electrochemical catalysts, utilities’ decision-making, the energy-water nexus, and energy’s connections with war and health. The program will award six grants to projects involving thirteen faculty members from five Duke schools, investing a total of $249,590 in promising new energy research.
Energy Initiative graduate student assistant Will Foster (MEM/MBA '22) shares key takeaways from a recent webinar at which energy professionals offered advice to students on advancing their careers during this challenging time.
In a new policy brief, Duke University's Energy Access Project, in collaboration with the Energy Access team at CrossBoundary Group, looked at the experiences of seven countries that have made great strides in bringing electricity to their rural populations: Brazil, Chile, Laos, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, and Tunisia. Despite widely different circumstances and initial electrification rates, there are important similarities.
John E. Dolbow, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and mathematics, will join Duke University’s Office of Research as an assistant vice president for research, beginning July 1. Dolbow is a member of the Duke University Energy Initiative faculty network.
Miss out on the Women in Energy event hosted by the EDGE Center at Fuqua and the Energy Initiative? Good news—the recording’s now live! Check out this compelling discussion spotlighting the perspectives and experiences of three recent Duke University alumnae who are making bold moves in the energy sector.
Materials scientists at Duke University have shown the first clear example that a material’s transition into a magnet can control instabilities in its crystalline structure that cause it to change from a conductor to an insulator. If researchers can learn to control this unique connection between physical properties identified in hexagonal iron sulfide, it could enable new technologies such as spintronic computing.
The Duke University Energy Initiative organized this lively virtual panel discussion on “The Future of Transportation.” Expert panelists shared insights on diverse topics, including how electric mobility is revving up, development of charging infrastructure, sourcing of vehicle battery materials, the role of policy and regulation, potential for public-private partnerships, and much more.
A new Duke University study says a large Southeast power market would be the best hope for creating greater competition, lowering prices and encouraging cleaner energy production as the Carolinas look for alternative regulatory structures for their power utilities. Jennifer Chen, senior counsel at the Nicholas Institute for the Environment authored “Evaluating Options for Enhancing Wholesale Competition and Implications for the Southeastern United States." A study suggesting an RTO (regional transmission organization) could lower costs.
In this video, part of the EDGE Chat series by Fuqua's School of Business, Kristen Hammer is highlighted. Hammer is the business development manager for Virgin Hyperloop One. She describes the all electric system that could be able to move people and cargo at incredible speeds. Hammer also speaks on navigating a new regulatory context and what the future of hyperloop transportation may look like.
The Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference 2020 (SBSI) is held at Fuqua's School of Business to large crowds. While the need for leadership in innovation was one of the main overarching themes of SBSI 2020, the speakers also had additional insightful advice concerning ideas such as "the power of capitalism to create change" and "the slow integration of traditional business and social enterprise." Among these trends are takeaways from some of the various speakers.